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'What We Did Next' Musical Theatre Quiz & Open mic

Open Mic
Friday 20th Jul 19:30 - 23:30

Get your thinking caps on and join us for a night of musical theatre trivia! Don't forget to warm up those vocal chords as there will be the opportunity to blast out a song or two!!

Everyone is welcome. Teams to be decided at the event. Entry £2 per person.

Matthew Read EP Launch

support from Kyle Crosbie

EP Launch
Saturday 21st Jul 19:30

Matthew Read's Debut EP 'Where the blue sky meets the ocean' will be available to buy and download on the 21st July following his first independent single 'Memories' which was released back in March. On the night, he will be showcasing the EP, and will be giving the opportunity to buy his EP with signings. Matthew is giving people the chance to come and listen to his very first live performance of the EP, and intertwining an acoustic sound with some electric guitar, this night will have an 'unplugged' and 'intimate' feel to it. Inspired very much by bands like U2 and The Beatles, as well as more easy listening artists like Jack Johnson, Matthew's songs vary in sound but encapsulate a story very close and personal to him.

The Best of The Inbetweeners

10th Anniversary screening night

Screening
Wednesday 25th Jul 19:30

After SOLD OUT screenings of Peep Show and Father Ted, Yeah Buddy DIY & Liverpool Noise return to 81 Renshaw on Wednesday 20th June with The Inbetweeners!

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary since it first aired on E4, the show has become a cult classic with so many quoteable lines and memorable moments!

You will get to choose the 6 best episodes to screen on the night plus there will be plenty of food and drink.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A QUIZ! And the lucky winner will take home some cool Inbetweeners prizes!

The Room In The Wood

Plus Sunstack Jones

Live Music
Thursday 26th Jul 19:30

The Room in the Wood, featuring Paul Cavanagh & Dave Jackson, return to promote their self-titled album released on 22nd June. Plus Sunstack Jones play an acoustic set.

A Night At The Beach

POIB Present 'Les Oddities!', 'Rat Bit Kit' & 'The Asmodeus Surf Bored!'

Live Music
Friday 27th Jul 19:30

Those darned POIBs bring us another night of mischeif! The night itself being at THE BEACH!...in....a venue. YES! We have the fabulous Manouche Jazz/Bombastic guitar nuttiness amalgamation of the great Les Oddities!

The shrieking, howling, Punk transcended, danger sounds of Rat Bit Kit

And the powerhouse, wall of sound, Crunching bulldozer guitar/drums duo: The Asmodeus Surf Bored!

Bring your shorts, snorkels, flip-flops and a picnic, It's going to be a noisy, nonsensical Night At The Beach!

Emotion Wave 13

White Mask + Dublock + Baron Farg + Oscillik

Live Music
Saturday 28th Jul 20:00

After a bit of a break Emotion Wave is back, with lucky episode #13 happening on Saturday 28 July at 81 Renshaw. This time around we're very excited to be welcoming White Mask, Dublock and Baron Farg into the fold - plus DJ sets from Oscillik.

White Mask [Kris Blacow] is part of a prolific family of Blackpool-based producers, alongside VHS head and Phono Ghosts/Meatbingo. For his Emotion Wave debut Kris will be performing work from a forthcoming (we hope) conceptual release which explores Russian intelligence/dreams.

Rosenblume, Ben Dlugokecki + TBA

Songwriters in the Round 2

Live Music
Sunday 29th Jul 19:00

ROSENBLUME Inspired by the folk greats of Greenwich Village, Laurel Canyon and beyond, Liverpudlian troubadour Rosenblume displays his penchant for songs wrought with passion and emotion, breathing new life into an art of writing long forgotten. "Absolutley Gorgeous" JANICE LONG BBC RADIO 2 "My first BBC Introducing Artist of 2016; Rosenblume... This is just fantastic" BOB HARRIS

BEN DLUGOKECKI Ben Dlugokecki is a Southampton-based singer/songwriter and after being on a 3-year hiatus, Liverpool is his first step on the way to his comeback. Ben Dlugokecki has been compared to the likes of David Gray, Paul Simon, Elbow and Damian Rice. Six of the biggest shows to date were supporting million-selling artists 'David Gray', 'Snow Patrol', Corinne-Bailey Rae', 'The Proclaimers' & 'Lu Lu' on their world tours, playing to thousands of people with his Southampton based-band 'Dlugokecki'.

August

Boss New Plays

From the Lantern Writers

Theatre
Wednesday 1st Aug 19:30

New names on the Liverpool theatre scene show off their latest creations. Different every night. Boss New Plays by Lantern Writers. Night 3 of 4. Comedy, Drama and all the other stuff

Boss New Plays

From The Lantern Writers

Theatre
Thursday 2nd Aug 19:30

New names on the Liverpool theatre scene show off their latest creations. Different every night. Boss New Plays by Lantern Writers. Night 3 of 4. Comedy, Drama and all the other stuff

Roxanne de Bastion

'Tales from the Rails' UK Tour

Live Music
Friday 3rd Aug 20:00 - 23:00

Roxanne de Bastion announces a stripped back acoustic tour to celebrate the launch of her first book, 'Tales From The Rails'.  The book is a collection of stories, which takes the reader from RDB's very first open mic event in the UK through to her set at Glastonbury Festival in 2016.   RDB sings deep and delicate songs that dance between left-of-the-middle pop and 60's inspired rock. Her 2017 release 'Heirlooms & Hearsay' made the UK independent music scene take note: from BBC Radio 6 Music, to Clash, FATEA and R2 Magazine, the nation is falling in love with the London / Berlin artist, who delivers sharp social commentary with a pure and instantly recognisable voice.  Over the past 18 months, de Bastion has opened for the Wainwright Sisters, Thea Gilmore & Lambchop, toured in the US and has graced Cambridge Folk Festival's stage 2. 

Gazelle

plus Tori Cross & Kingfast

Live Music
Saturday 4th Aug 20:00

Gazelle was captivated by jazz from an early age. She sang and played piano throughout school and on discovering a love for Nina Simone, picked up the clarinet and composed her first song 'Jazzy Chocolate'. Whilst studying chemistry on a university exchange year in Versailles, Gazelle found herself unhappy and longing for the creativity she left behind in her youth. This encouraged her to drop out and move into an underground art commune in Paris, working as an Au Pair in the daytime and singing in a band with her housemates at night. Here she quickly taught herself guitar and ignited a love for the seminal electronic rhythms of Jamie Woon and influential beats of Robert Glasper.

On her return to the UK Gazelle started writing her own songs on the guitar and performed regularly in Liverpool Bars, developing her unique vocal sound.

The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Live Music
Friday 10th Aug 20:00

Heaven's Gate are delighted to present for the music loving community of Liverpool and Merseyside, the much anticipated return to 81 Renshaw of the fabulously cosmic The Goat Roper Rodeo Band. With full supporting bill.

With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues … Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.

Matt Dunbar & Holly Rees

Live Music
Thursday 16th Aug 19:00

MATT DUNBAR

Matt Dunbar is a Musician from the border county of Northumberland. Taking influence from various genres such as Americana and folk.

His Debut EP 'Home' was released in March 2017 and peaked at #1 on the Amazon Digital Folk Chart and at #5 on the Amazon Digital Album Chart.

“An effective and stunning statement of truth, Home is the place to be.” - Liverpool Sound & Vision

“ ‘Home’ proves to be a lush record of folk rock songs that display considered personal reflections alongside disciplined music production.” - NE Volume

HOLLY REES

Holly is an emerging singer-songwriter who grew up in the moors of the Durham Dales. Her debut EP 'Ilex' was released in 2017 and saw success in radio play from BBC 6 Music, and a feature on Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing.

Thomas Truax

Support from Beija Flo & Faniel Dord

Live Music
Saturday 18th Aug 19:30

Merging a fevered imagination and solid song writing with a mad scientist's brain for weird gadgets, American singer Thomas Truax is a true one-off. UNCUT magazine says "Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics" while Splendid magazine called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent."  His evolving "band" of self-made sound sculptures include a motorized drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a souped up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', but he never leaves his trusty guitar out of the equation too long. Thomas crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with things lunar, including various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon'. His nine studio LPs include highly-rated covers album 'Songs from The Films Of David Lynch'.  Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, The Dresden Dolls, Bob Log III and the late author Terry Pratchett. A new album ‘All that Heaven Allows’ has been garnering national airplay on BBC6 and extremely positive reviews. "His gigs are extraordinary, fizzing with showmanship." -Q

Bido Lito Social

Seatbelts + The Aleph + Annex The Moon

Live Music
Thursday 23rd Aug 19:30

To celebrate issue 92 of Bido Lito! we are getting three of the regions premier pop purveyors together for a top notch bill at one of our favourite venues. Don’t miss Hooton Tennis Club aces SEATBELTS, pop reconstructivists THE ALEPH and poppy post punkers ANNEXE THE MOON – a wonderful night of intelligent guitar pop.

Haley Henderickx

Plus support

Live Music
Friday 24th Aug 19:30

It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is due out March 2nd via Mama Bird Recording Co.

For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such acceptance and understanding stem from a life of paradoxes. Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for self-actualization are easily accessible and relatable.

Likewise, the tracks on I Need to Start a Garden reflect these seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music immediately recalls folk music of the '60s and '70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her soul.

It’s a balance, then, between exposing and protecting herself on I Need to Start a Garden. Heynderickx vacillates between powerlessness (opener “No Face”) and empowerment (lead single "Oom Sha La La"). But her generosity of spirit remains the constant throughout the whole album.

Alexander Tucker (Grumbling Fur)

Plus Agathe Max

Live Music
Tuesday 28th Aug 19:30

"Tucker sounds like he’s following a tradition that has long been neglected, focusing not on ageless songs and ideas but on ageless feelings captured through his droning miasma of acoustic guitar and mandolin." Portal, his 3rd album was hailed with extremely positive reviews, for example Plan B stated that "his guitar work hints at everything from Led Zeppelin's most stately to My Bloody Valentine's most cryptic, no bad place to be" and Uncut that the album is "a steady grower...a meticulously disorienting, blissed environment...very pleasing." Later that year he performed at the ATP New York Festival, and toured Europe as support to Bohren & der Club of Gore. In April 2011, he released the album Dorwytch, followed in April 2012 by Third Mouth, both on Thrill Jockey.

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows

plus Simon James & Jennifer Vaudrey

Live Music
Friday 31st Aug 19:30

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows debut album “Full Moon” has received critical acclaim since it’s re-lease in March 2018 and it sees them firmly position themselves at the forefront of the UK Country/Americana Music scene. The bands vibrant collection of honest, gutsy and heart wrenching songs ride on a wave of seventies retro country-pop, with an engaging and energetic live performance. A sound that will appeal to fans of artists from Margo Price, to Kacey Musgraves via the Dixie Chicks. Sam Coe & The Long Shadows were invited to play at The O2’s Country to Country festival in 2017, as well as opening for Radio 2 favourites The Shires and Jess & The Bandits. Simon James has been writing and performing music for over 20 years, his style of music draws on influences over many years, from the Eagles, to Fleetwood Mack, Willie Nelson to John Mayer. Simon has more recently found success in the UK Americana and Country scene with a nomina-tion at the 2017 BCMA awards for Horizon Act of the Year. His debut album went into the UK top 40 Country albums and landed him a publishing deal with Strophic Music. He is now working on his second album which will be released in summer 2018.

September

Zangwills + Salvador + Deep Sleep + Reclaim Vienna

Soft Lad Promotions

Live Music
Saturday 1st Sep 19:30

The Zangwills headline Soft Lads Promotions return to 81 Renshaw. Support from Salvador Deep. Sleep and Reclaim Vienna

Celsi, Bragg & Maitland

Live Music
Thursday 6th Sep 19:30

From Los Angeles – pop-Americana artists Anny Celsi and Nelson Bragg team up with Dublin’s Duncan Maitland to form a high-energy, high-flying trio. It’s Brill Building hooks, Byrds-y harmonies and Beatle-esque psychedelia! Celsi’s style has been described as “beatnik cool,” “pop-noir,” and “slightlydelic pop jangle,” with comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Jackie DeShannon and Chrissie Hynde. While Bragg’s day job for 14 years was percussionist-vocalist with The Brian Wilson Band, between tours he also found time to release two critically acclaimed albums of his own, most notably “Day Into Night.” Maitland has plied his 12-string with pop heroes Picturehouse, Pugwash and XTC. His “Lullabies for the 21st Century” is “a trip through the acid-tinged English foothills of rainyday sunshine pop.”

Special guest will be the legendary Tony Poole, of Starry-Eyed and Laughing and the Anglo-Americana supergroup Bennett Wilson Poole!

Loud Mountains

plus Wooden Rocket

Live Music
Friday 14th Sep 20:00

Heaven's Gate are delighted to present, for the music loving community of Liverpool and Merseyside the fantastic Loud Mountains with support from Wooden Rocket

Led by harmonious brothers from Connecticut, Sean and Kevin, Loud Mountains have forged a strong following based on their often raucous live shows. 'We've been bowled over by their raucous live shows. Go and catch one of their gigs, I guarantee you'll be blown away by their live performance!' - Clubhouse Records ...a full-on roundhouse country-blues blast, all Nowheresville good times vibe, big harmonies and harmonica... ...There's no denying they do it well.' - Nightshift

November

John Wheeler (Hayseed Dixie)

Live Music
Saturday 10th Nov 20:00

Have a drink with me! Reflections on the past 18 years of Rockgrass mayhem.

Finding himself still alive, having failed to die from small pox, pancreatic cancer, or liver failure, The Hayseed Dixie frontman brings a new show for 2018 that draws from the last 18 years on the road.

Featuring songs and stories spanning the career of Hayseed Dixie and John's solo records the show is by turns humorous, irreverent, sardonic and absurd - just like life on the road. John's playing a plugged in electric guitar and is joined by percussionist Pete Robbins, so this ain't no soul searching shoe gazing evening. Come drink a few beers with them and rock your face off.

JOHN WHEELER is best known as the creator and frontman of the internationally-known "Rockgrass" band Hayseed Dixie whose recordings have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have performed more than 1,000 live performances in 31 different countries. He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programs, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime.

Freshard & Stanley brinks

Sets from both artists

Live Music
Sunday 18th Nov 19:30

Freschard grew up on a farm in French Burgundy. She started organising shows in the barn when she was about 12 years old. At 18 she moved to the big city, Paris, where she baked pies and cakes in a cafe. There, a local musician and regular customer called Andre Herman Dune (who would later change his name to Stanley Brinks) wrote a few songs for her to sing. She called her first E.P. "Neon Orange". Homeless in Paris, she saved up just enough money to get herself a ticket to New York. There, she found an old electric guitar and started writing her own songs. She recorded her second E.P., "Shower Gel", with Mike Gomez on lapsteel guitar. In 2004 she moved to Berlin, where she recorded her first LP, "Alien Duck". Her second album "Click Click", recorded in 2006, features a drummer (Leo Bear Creek), and electric guitar by Stanley Brinks. On her third album, "moonstone", she plays the drums herself. On her fourth "shh..." she also plays the flute. Her last album "boom biddy boom" is a masterpiece. Stanley started his musical career in as Andre Herman Dune in the trio "Herman Düne". He left in 2006 to concentrate on solo work and other collaborative projects. Since then he changed his name to Stanley Brinks and has released an enormous number of albums, most notably with Freschard and English rock band "The Wave Pictures".